Round two: Villagers of remote Kengkhar gewog in Mongar grow vegetables a second time this year, breaking away from traditional practice of growing only maize and selling oranges.
A remote village grows a lucrative alternative (vegetables), thanks to a Tarayana Foundation initiative
Agriculture: For Sangay Tshewang, 41, from Murung in Kengkhar, one of the remotest gewogs in Mongar, declining orange production since 2009 had him worried that he might not be able to earn enough to send his four children to school.
Orange being the main cash crop in his village, Murung farmers channeled most of their time and energy into its production. [... Read More]
A waste disposal area villagers of Tamzhing in Chhoekhor gewog prepared
A waste disposal area made by the villagers of Tamzhing in Chhoekhor gewog
Garbage: The two tractors, which are collecting garbage in and around Chamkhar town in Bumthang, will be sent to the gewogs soon, after they are replaced by a DCM truck.
A truck will do the rounds, until the new garbage truck reaches Bumthang.
The district has been promised a new cesspool truck under a grant from Japan international cooperation agency (JICA) early next [... Read More]
Something to show: Marchen Gurung takes JICA officials on a tour of his 12-acre mixed vegetable garden
Vegetables: Marchen Gurung is living his dream.
As a young man of 23 years, sent for training in West Bengal, a gently descending terraced land thriving with a variety of vegetables caught his eyes when driving around Kurseong hill station.
That was in 1975 and Marchen Gurung always dreamt of growing and nurturing a variety of vegetable on a similar patch of land on retirement.
Today, on a 12-acre land of a gentle slope, which locals [... Read More]
Some 15 truckloads of mandarin have been auctioned off since the auction started 10 days ago
Oranges: Despite a drop in production of mandarin (citrus mandarin), farmers have fetched a good price so far this year, as compared to the previous year.
The price of mandarin for one pon is Nu 160 at the auction yard, while it was Nu 100 a pon last year around the same time. A pon has 80 pieces of oranges.
Since the auction started about 10 days ago, 15 truckloads of mandarin have been auctioned, [... Read More]
Reflection: Participants, who served as election officials this year, discuss issues they faced during the process
… lay in the monitoring, election officials aver at their workshop
LEP: While some candidates contesting this year’s parliamentary elections highlighted their preference for door-to-door campaign, as compared to the election commission arranged “common forum”, the same is not the view of election officials.
Those candidates had felt that common forum did not serve as much purpose as did the door to door visits. A few even chose to skip addressing voters through common forums.
However, [... Read More]
Getting to Zero: Her Majesty Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck with ministers and representatives from organsitions that are working together to achieve the HIV/AIDS goals
HIV/AIDS: Twenty years ago, when a 35-year old man visited the hospital in Tsirang, Bhutan detected its first HIV positive case.
Yesterday, 346 HIV positive cases later, as Bhutan observed World AIDS day in Thimphu to show solidarity with people living with the virus, the country had recently completed taking HIV testing and counselling services nationwide.
With these services now available in all 184 basic health units (BHUs), Bhutan has achieved one of the Millennium [... Read More]
Lyonchhoen with civil servants and LG officials at Samtse
During the weeklong tour, he asked people to discuss what they want to do with the fund
Tour: Given the country’s economy situation, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, during his weeklong tour from Haa to Samtse, asked local government (LG) leaders and the people to brainstorm on how to use the Nu 2M grant, which the government has given to each gewog to be used at their discretion for development activities.
“Discuss and find out what [... Read More]
High and dry: The town is worn down to its last legs
Once a highway hub, the Gomdhar farm road sounded its death knell
Orong: Sitting by a burning bukhari in his kitchen, Tashi Wangdi, 65, from Tokarong, about 55km from Samdrupjongkhar, reminisces on busy times he lived in this small town back in the eighties and nineties.
“Life was so busy that shopkeepers barely slept or woke up as early as 2am,” he said.
The small town in Orong gewog today comprises a handful of wooden houses [... Read More]
Post monsoon: Toenpari-yoe, a small stream in Barshong, is filled with debris from increased water level in summer
A new culvert feeds a stream that passes through the village, threatening to flood it
Highway: Road widening activities on the Trashigang-Samdrupjongkhar highway have affected a settlement in Barshong under Khaling gewog, Trashigang.
About two years ago, a culvert, an open drain under the road, was constructed at the widening stretch above the settlement in Barshong that channeled all the drainage water through it.
This has caused the water level of Tonpari-yoe, a small stream that [... Read More]
Q&A: More than 100 days since you assumed office as the foreign minister, what has been your most memorable experience?
These past few months have been a very interesting, hectic and tremendous learning experience. Apart from getting to know and appreciate the role and operation of the ministry I would have to say the most striking experience so far has been accompanying the prime minister during his official visit to India. The fact that [... Read More]